“I was watching a show about this woman who hoards clothing and I realized her clothes looks like our basement”

This quote comes from my father, referring to the fact that the basement, as well as every closet, shelf and dresser is filled to the point of bursting with my mom’s clothes.

 I seem to have inherited the clothing gene from my mother. (See Financial Failure Article)

 My father continues to say how he thinks through each purchase carefully. I realize I have inherited genes that are in constant battle with each other.  No wonder I get so many migraines.

A lot of the time my mothers ‘want’ gene is the winning team; maybe that’s why we both seem to accumulate so many things, a few things which I always seem to stock up on unnecessarily.

 My biggest weaknesses seem to be lip glosses and balms, lotion, body washes and sprays. I will buy any of these things even if I have a large stock at home because I save some for special occasions, when I’m in a happy, sad, when I need change… You name it, I have a body product for it. 

 My challenge to myself: use up all the products before buying more. Even if the product is on sale (even typing the word gets me excited), I find a new scent I love, or I feel like a new lotion will save my life.

 This will take every ounce of willpower I have, and like my immune system, I will have to teach my dads genetics to be strong.

Repeat after me pretty little poor girls: I do not need that, I already have that at home. I do not need that, I already have that at home….

 Wish me luck.



Welcome to our PF Journey


We’re Danielle and Jenn. We’re no experts in personal finance– but you’re probably not either. So teach us and learn from us as we detail our financial adventures from saving and budgeting, to choosing between sushi and a haircut.  Since no one taught us in school (and judging by the fact that Canadians have record-high level debt, they would have done a bad job anyways) we want to learn how to make the funds we have go the farthest, while still enjoying our 20-something lives.

Danielle is a journalism grad student and likes to intern for free in her spare time. She pays her rent and feeds herself by taking every random part-time job she can find such as: teaching assistant, bartending, tutoring, stuffing envelopes and freelance writing. She regularly dips into her savings, which she earned during her year “on” between undergrad and grad.   Thankfully, she is out of debt, but desperately wants to stay that way. This is difficult since her income is close to zero and she has a penchant for expensive bronzers, lattes, cotton dresses and free-range eggs.


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